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Lawrence Stroll adamant 'on fire' F1 doesn't need Andretti

The Aston Martin owner continues opposition against Andretti despite the FIA's approval of the entry bid.

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Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll has insisted there is no need for Andretti Cadillac Racing to strengthen F1 despite the American outfit being approved for entry by the FIA.

Andretti was the only successful applicant through the governing body's Expressions of Interest process, which was triggered by President Mohammed Ben Sulayem in January in order to find suitable teams for addition to the already 10-squad strong grid from 2025.

Whilst the FIA has deemed Andretti suitable for entry, commercial dealings must be deliberated upon by F1 [FOM/Owners Liberty Media] before a final decision can be made.

If passed successfully at the end of the process, Andretti would become the 11th team on the grid and the first new outfit since Haas joined in 2016.

If it isn't broken, don't fix it

The prospect of a new team has been met with a cool reception from the incumbent teams ever since Andretti's plans for an entry bid were announced last year.

Current teams are concerned over the effect a new entrant will have over prize money, with the existing pot having to be split between 11 instead of 10 and reducing the share each receive.

Speaking to Sky Sports at the reveal of Aston Martin's foray into the Hypercar class in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA, Stroll said: "I think F1, at the moment, the business is on fire, the sport has never been in a better place.

"I believe if it isn't broken, you don't need to fix it.

"So, I'm a strong believer that it's working really well with 10 teams right now, and believe that's the way it should stay."

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